Postdoctoral Appointee in Geochemistry
- Sandia National Laboratories
- Location: Albuquerque, NM
- Job Number: 7161075 (Ref #: 690951)
- Posting Date: Aug 3, 2023
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home) + Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov*These benefits vary by job classification. What Your Job Will Be Like: Are you looking for a challenging career opportunity? We are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Appointee with expertise in the experimental and theoretical aspects of geochemistry or aerosol science to conduct leading-edge research into the chemical environments that occur on the surface of spent nuclear fuel dry storage canisters. This work supports research into stress corrosion cracking of the canisters, an important issue for demonstrating the safety of the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel. You will work in a collaborative environment with a high performing team, coordinating across geochemistry, chemistry, material science, and corrosion disciplines to better understand the potential for stress corrosion cracking in spent nuclear fuel canisters. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Develop and utilize state-of-the-art testing and analytical techniques to study deliquescent brine formation and brine stability at elevated temperatures. + Characterize atmospheric dusts collected from actual storage sites + Perform thermodynamic modeling of brine compositions, interactions with atmospheric gases, and brine stability. + Publish your innovative research in leading technical journals and submit presentations at national and international technical meetings Qualifications We Require: + PhD in Geosciences, Chemistry, or a closely related field + Laboratory experience in experiment design and materials characterization (e.g., chemical analysis and microanalytical techniques) + Record of interdisciplinary research collaborations + Strong record of independent research as demonstrated by a record of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations Qualifications We Desire: + PhD research experience focusing on aerosol chemistry, geochemistry, or chemistry + Familiarity with a range of analytical techniques, such as IC, ICP-OES, SEM, SIMS, FTIR, etc.) + Experience with thermodynamic modeling of concentrated solutions and solution-gas exchange + Record of integrated computational and experimental approaches for the study of geochemical/atmospheric phenomena + Technical skills related to experimental design, materials characterization, and data processing and interpretation + Ability to interact with team members of diverse technical backgrounds About Our Team: The Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle Group, Storage and Transportation Technologies Department conducts R&D and applied technology development to find solutions for the safe storage and transportation of spent nuclear fuel. This includes experiments (large-scale transportation testing of dry storage systems and nuclear fuel cycle materials; corrosion testing of SNF dry storage canister materials; and experimental evaluation of canister environments) and analyses (numerical modeling of geochemical and corrosion processes; modeling of stresses experienced by waste and canisters during routine transportation and accident scenarios). Posting Duration: This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance. Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment. If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date. EEO: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law. NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs: If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs. If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date. Job ID: 690951
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.